Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Southern Reading Challenge

Don't forget to check out the post beneath this, where I talk about picking books in general! But I thought that since I'm raising through the Once Upon a Time Challenge, I thought I'd jump onto the Southern Reading Challenge bandwagon....I've selected five books to give myself a little bit of wiggle room.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker: because one of my general goals is to read more African American lit, and this is a classic.

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty: Maggie gives high votes to Eudora, and since this is her challenge, I'll trust her! I picked Delta Wedding, because Welty's other books seem too short (less than 200 pages). I love epic books that are about big, sprawling families. Plus, my library has it on CD!

Cane River by Lalita Tademy: kind of a combination of Walker and Welty. I get to read more African American literature and get another epic family tale. I also am fascinated by Louisiana.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: I've been staring at this book for months. So, this seems like as good a time as ever to add it to the list.

A Steetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams: this is the only unread book I have on my shelf that matches the challenge guidelines. My copy has a very attractive shirtless Marlon Brando on the cover, which should provide an extra boost of inspiration!


SFP said...

Delta Wedding is WONDERFUL. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Bybee said...

Sounds like a really great list! I have Kidd book but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about it.

iliana said...

Yay, you are also joining the challenge! I read Secret Lives of Bees a while back and I wasn't wowed by it but I know a lot of people seemed to love it. Maybe it was just that I had such high expectations of it after all the buzz. Anyway good list here and good luck!